Jai Reyes had 16 points, four rebounds, and four assists, playing Robin to Josh Davis' Batman to give the Meralco Bolts a 90-80 win over the Kia Carnival on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
"We did a good job at halftime to instill more energy in our defense," said Meralco head coach Norman Black. "I'm very happy for [Cliff] Hodge whose energy put us on top, [Gary] David who's very consistent, Jai Reyes who got activated yesterday, he played a big role orchestrating the offense. I thought Jai did a good job of stepping up in the absence of Mike Cortez."
Meralco's import paced his team with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and seven steals. The rest of Meralco's starters combined for just 14 points, but Reyes and David were splendid off the bench, with the latter pouring in 25 markers.
Kia's offense got a lot from import PJ Ramos, who towered over Meralco's frontline for 34 points and 21 rebounds. But aside from Virgil Buensuceso, no other Kia player posted double figures. - RAF, GMA News
MERALCO 90 - David 25, Davis 19, Reyes 16, Anthony 6, Ildefonso 6, Hugnatan 6, Hodge 4, Wilson 4, Ferriols 4, Atkins 0, Cortez 0, Buenafe 0, Sena 0.
KIA 80 - Ramos 34, Buensuceso 11, Poligrates 6, Webb 6, Cawaling 5, Yee 5, Pascual 4, Ighalo 4, Revilla 3, Burtscher 2, Thiele 0, Padilla 0.
Quarterscores: 12-18, 36-38, 62-56, 90-80...
Following an 85-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra, the Bolts seek to get at least a share of the lead in the team standings.
“We just looked like we’re in better shape this time around, and of course, once we blend in with our import, we’ll continue to get better,” said Meralco coach Norman Black in PBA.ph....
The 36-year-old gunner scored 21 points, including three three-pointers, as he helped lead the Bolts past a loaded Barangay Ginebra squad on Tuesday.
He credited the extra work that he has put in during practices for his ability to keep up and even thrive alongside his younger teammates and opponents on the court....
Meralco import Josh Davis had an impressive debut in the PBA, leading the Bolts with an explosive 25-point and 24-rebound performance in their 85-74 victory against fan favorite Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-8 big man, who is nicknamed Kawhi 2.0 due to his similarities with former San Antonio Spurs teammate Kawhi Leonard, was unfazed by the intense Ginebra crowd, showing that he thrives in the presence of fans.
"I love it. I'm glad, I was just happy to be in such a great environment. It's very exciting," Davis told reporters after the game....
Walking past a horde of fans waiting to see the players come out of the Mall of Asia Arena, Davis lost his smartphone to a pick pocket while some fans were trying to get photos with him.
Officials of the Meralco team were on the scene, waiting to file a report to authorities...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||2||0||1.000|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|